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Mercedes-Benz X-Class launch

A significant event took place at FMM in July when Mercedes-Benz used the L-Ormarins Estate’s facilities as part of the international launch of its new X-Class all-terrain pick-up. The event was a major planning and logistics exercise for the combined M-B and museum teams, which included creating an off-road demonstration circuit around the periphery of…

Serge Damseaux visit FMM

Early in July, South Africa’s multiple title-winning rally champion Serge Damseaux was at FMM to reacquaint himself with a car he once owned. Serge won 74 national rallies between 1985 and 2007 driving for (predominantly) Toyota and Ford, taking 10 SA Driver’s Championships in the process, but started his career driving privately-entered Alfa Romeos in…

1936 Auburn Speedster

Serge’s drive at FMM was combined with a visit by Allan Trim. In the past, Allan and Serge worked together when Serge was competing with the Toyota works rally team and Allan was involved with media communications. Today, apart from his role as a Motorsport Legends Benevolent Fund administrator, Allan does light engineering work and…

Collection in action: Chevrolet pick-up

Bak to the days when bakkies helped build the nation. Mike Monk drives an early Chevy that played a part in establishing the company’s ongoing pick-up heritage. Light commercial vehicles have played vital roles in the development of countries around the world, not least on the African continent where South Africa stands proud amongst its…

Manx Norton 500

FMM curator Wayne Harley is a self-confessed motorcycle enthusiast and this month we continue our new series of features on some of the museum’s classic two-wheeled machines with a famous racer… Every now and again a motorcycle comes along that changes everything, and the Manx Norton 500 is just such a machine. Briefly seen on…

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